Study Exposes ‘Significant Shortcomings’ In Autism Screening

October 22, 2019

The primary method that pediatricians use to identify children with autism is missing more kids with the developmental disorder than it catches, new research suggests. Less than 40 percent of children later diagnosed with autism screened positive on what’s known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers with Follow-Up, or M-CHAT/F, when they were assessed as youngsters.  That’s the finding of a large new study published this month in the journal Pediatrics.

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